Sonoma Raceway Sears Point Raceway and Infineon Raceway is a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip located on the landform known as Sears Point in the southern Sonoma Mountains in Sonoma, California, USA. The road course features 12 turns on a hilly course with 160 feet of total elevation change, it is host to one of only three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races each year that are run on road courses. It is host to the Verizon IndyCar Series, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, several other auto races and motorcycle races such as the American Federation of Motorcyclists series. Sonoma Raceway continues to host amateur, or club racing events which may or may not be open to the general public; the largest such car club is the Sports Car Club of America. With the closure of Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California after the 1988 season, NASCAR, wanting a west coast road course event to replace it, chose the Sears Point facility. Riverside International was razed for a shopping center development.
In 2002, Sears Point Raceway was renamed after Infineon. However, as with many renamings of sports complexes, many people still call it by its original name. On March 7, 2012, it was announced that Infineon would not renew their contract for naming rights when the deal expired in May, the track management is looking for a new company to take over naming rights; until it can find a new corporate sponsor, the course is identifying itself as "Sonoma". The 2.52-mile road racing course was constructed on 720 acres by Marin County owners Robert Marshall Jr. an attorney from Point Reyes, land developer Jim Coleman of Kentfield. The two conceived of the idea of a race track while on a hunting trip. Ground was broken in August 1968 and paving of the race surface was completed in November; the first official event at Sears Point was an SCCA Enduro, held on December 1, 1968. In 1969 the track was sold to Filmways Corp. a Los Angeles-based entertainment company for $4.5 million. In May 1970 the track was closed and became a tax shelter for Filmways after losses of $300,000 were reported.
Hugh Harn of Belvedere and Parker Archer of Napa arranged to lease the track from Filmways in 1973. Bob Bondurant and operator of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, partner Bill Benck took over management and control of the leased raceway from Parker Archer and Hugh Harn in 1974. A few years a group calling itself Black Mountain Inc. which included Bondurant, William J. Kolb of Del Mar and Howard Meister of Newport Beach, purchased the track from Filmways for a reported $1.5 million. American Motorcycle Association national motocross races in the hills north of Turn 7 became popular with Bay Area fans, but were phased out by the end of the decade because of rising insurance costs. In 1981 Filmways regained ownership of the track after a financial dispute with Black Mountain group. Jack Williams, the 1964 NHRA top-fuel drag racing champion, Rick Betts and John Andersen purchased the track from Filmways at an auction for $800,000; the track was renamed Sears Point International Raceway.
In 1985 the track was repaved, in part with funds donated from the "Pave the Point" fund raising campaign. The first shop spaces were built. In 1986 Harvey "Skip" Berg of Tiburon, CA took control of the track and became a major stockholder in Brenda Raceway Corp. which controlled the track until 1996. Additional buildings constructed on the property brought shop space to more than 700,000 square feet during 1987. In addition, a five-year contract was signed with the National Hot Rod Association for the California Nationals; the NASCAR Winston Cup Series debuted at the raceway in 1989. In 1994 more than $1 million was spent on a beautification project and construction of a 62-foot -high, four-sided electronic lap leader board in the center of the road course. In the following years a major $3 million renovation plan included VIP suites and a two-story driver's lounge/emergency medical facility. In 1995 Trans-Am and SportsCar races returned to Sears Point and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was added to the major-events schedule.
Owner "Skip" Berg sold the track to O. Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. in November 1996. Major renovations began at Sears Point Raceway in 1998 with the creation of "The Chute", an 890-foot high-speed stretch; the first-ever running of the American Le Mans Series took place at Sears Point in July 1999. In 2000 Sears Point Raceway gained unanimous approval from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors by a 5–0 vote to begin work on a $35 million Modernization Plan that included 64,000 Hillside Terrace seats, repaving of both the road course and drag strip and increased run-off around the entire track. After the turn of the millennium, Infineon Technologies bought the naming rights, on June 22, 2002, the course was renamed Infineon Raceway. In 2006, the Grand Prix of Sonoma was transferred to the Rolex Sports Car Series, who would limit it to Daytona Prototypes only for 2007–2008 before the event was discontinued altogether. Since 2010, the course has seen a mild resurgence, with the circuit becoming a sponsor for various events as well as hosting an increasing amount of lesser series, including the WTCC and the return of the SCCA World Challenge.
The year 2012 saw the end of Infineon as the corporate sponsor, with the track renaming itself
Hallett Motor Racing Circuit
Hallett Motor Racing Circuit is a road course about 35 miles west of Tulsa in the Green Country of Oklahoma. The track has 10 turns in 1.8 miles, over 80 feet of elevation change. The track can be configured to run both clockwise and counter-clockwise, yielding two distinct race courses. Hallett Motor Racing Circuit hosts their own Competition Motor Sports Association events, as well as SCCA events. Motorcycles and high-speed go-karts run at Hallett; as well as Central Motorcycle Racing Association sanctioned races, the track hosts COMMA High Speed Touring dates where regular cars and sports cars can experience laps on the circuit under more controlled circumstances. They provide driver education classes and a full race instruction program. Hallett hosted the second round of seven in the SCCA's final Can-Am season. Hallett Motor Racing Circuit has been featured in many "best tracks in America" listicles. Hallett Motor Racing Circuit Trackpedia link
Lime Rock Park
Lime Rock Park is a natural-terrain motorsport road racing venue located in Lakeville, United States, a hamlet in the town of Salisbury, in the state's northwest corner. Built in 1956, it is the nation's oldest continuously operating road racing venue; the track is owned by Skip Barber, a former race car driver who started the Skip Barber Racing School in 1975. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009; the 1.53-mile Lime Rock track was conceived of in 1956 by Jim Vaill, along with John Fitch and Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, built the track utilizing state-of-the-art road and highway safety principles of the time. The first race, a mix of G-Production class and an MG class, was held on April 28, 1957; the winner of the G-Production was Ted Sprigg in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The winner of the MG class was Charles Callanan in an MG TC. In 1959, Lime Rock hosted the Little Le Mans race, won by Charles Callanan and Roger Penske in a Fiat Abarth. In 2008, the track was re-paved and two new corner complexes were added.
The track has a loyal following, though it did face some resistance from the local community shortly after it opened. In 1959, the Lime Rock Protective Association, with support from the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church, took the park to Litchfield Superior Court in an effort to ban Sunday racing; the court issued a permanent injunction against Sunday racing, its decision was upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court. While restrictive, the crafted injunction was enabling, it preserved the track's right to conduct unmuffled sports car racing on Fridays and Saturdays, plus testing on Tuesdays and other operating benefits. The injunction stands to this day; the track has featured many well-known racers including Paul Newman, who supported his own Newman-Haas team with Bob Sharp, Mario Andretti, Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Sam Posey, Mark Donohue. Other racers have included Parnelli Jones, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, Tom Cruise; the Rolex Sports Car Series, American Le Mans Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have used a configuration which included the chicane at turn five and West Bend.
For years the track was listed as being 1.53 miles in length—the story goes that right after it was built, somebody used the odometer in a Chevrolet to measure the track length—and 1.53 was taken as gospel. Following the 2008 reconstruction, Lime Rock's operations people measured all four possible configurations, as it turns out, each was 1.5 miles long, plus or minus a few hundred feet. The IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship gives the distance of the track as 1.474 miles. The "classic" configuration is seven turns, while the three optional layouts are eight and ten turns, respectively. Can-Am Formula Atlantic Formula Libre Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Lime Rock Grand Prix IMSA GT Championship United States Road Racing Championship Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series NASCAR K&N Pro Series East NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour North American Touring Car Championship Northeast Grand Prix American Le Mans Series IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Pirelli World Challenge SCCA Continental Championship Formula 5000 SCCA National Sports Car Championship Trans-Am National Register of Historic Places listings in Litchfield County, Connecticut Lime Rock Park website Documentary by Chris Szwedo Skip Barber Racing School
San Antonio the City of San Antonio, is the seventh-most populous city in the United States, the second-most populous city in both Texas and the Southern United States, with more than 1.5 million residents. Founded as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost in 1718, the city became the first chartered civil settlement in present-day Texas in 1731; the area was still part of the Spanish Empire, of the Mexican Republic. Today it is the state's oldest municipality; the city's deep history is contrasted with its rapid recent growth during the past few decades. It was the fastest-growing of the top ten largest cities in the United States from 2000 to 2010, the second from 1990 to 2000. Straddling the regional divide between South and Central Texas, San Antonio anchors the southwestern corner of an urban megaregion colloquially known as the "Texas Triangle". San Antonio serves as the seat of Bexar County. Since San Antonio was founded during the Spanish Colonial Era, it has a church in its center, on the main civic plaza in front, a characteristic of many Spanish-founded cities and villages in Spain and Latin America.
As with many other urban centers in the Southwestern United States, areas outside the city limits are sparsely populated. San Antonio is the center of the San Antonio–New Braunfels metropolitan statistical area. Called Greater San Antonio, the metro area has a population of 2,473,974 based on the 2017 U. S. census estimate, making it the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the United States and third-largest in Texas. Growth along the Interstate 35 and Interstate 10 corridors to the north and east make it that the metropolitan area will continue to expand. San Antonio was named by a 1691 Spanish expedition for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is June 13; the city contains five 18th-century Spanish frontier missions, including The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which together were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015. Other notable attractions include the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, SeaWorld, the Alamo Bowl, Marriage Island. Commercial entertainment includes Morgan's Wonderland amusement parks.
According to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city is visited by about 32 million tourists a year. It is home to the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, hosts the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest such events in the U. S; the U. S. Armed Forces have numerous facilities around San Antonio. Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland AFB/Kelly Field Annex, Camp Bullis, Camp Stanley are outside the city limits. Kelly Air Force Base operated out of San Antonio until 2001, when the airfield was transferred to Lackland AFB; the remaining parts of the base were developed as Port San Antonio, an industrial/business park and aerospace complex. San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region. At the time of European encounter, Payaya Indians lived near the San Antonio River Valley in the San Pedro Springs area, they called the vicinity Yanaguana, meaning "refreshing waters".
In 1691, a group of Spanish explorers and missionaries came upon the river and Payaya settlement on June 13, the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, they named the river "San Antonio" in his honor. It was years. Father Antonio de Olivares visited the site in 1709, he was determined to found a mission and civilian settlement there; the viceroy gave formal approval for a combined mission and presidio in late 1716, as he wanted to forestall any French expansion into the area from their colony of La Louisiane to the east, as well as prevent illegal trading with the Payaya. He directed the governor of Coahuila y Tejas, to establish the mission complex. Differences between Alarcón and Olivares resulted in delays, construction did not start until 1718. Olivares built, with the help of the Payaya Indians, the Misión de San Antonio de Valero, the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar, the bridge that connected both, the Acequia Madre de Valero; the families who clustered around the presidio and mission were the start of Villa de Béjar, destined to become the most important town in Spanish Texas.
On May 1, the governor transferred ownership of the Mission San Antonio de Valero to Fray Antonio de Olivares. On May 5, 1718 he commissioned the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar on the west side of the San Antonio River, one-fourth league from the mission. On February 14, 1719, the Marquis of San Miguel de Aguayo proposed to the king of Spain that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands, Galicia, or Havana to populate the province of Texas, his plan was approved, notice was given the Canary Islanders to furnish 200 families. By June 1730, 25 families had reached Cuba, 10 families had been sent to Veracruz before orders from Spain came to stop the re-settlement. Under the leadership of Juan Leal Goraz, the group marched overland from Veracruz to the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar, where they arrived on March 9, 1731. Due to marriages along the way, the party now included a total of 56 persons, they joined the military community established in 1718. The immigrants f
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International, nicknamed "The Glen", is an automobile race track located in Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. It was long known around the world as the home of the Formula One United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for twenty consecutive years, but the site has been home to road racing of nearly every class, including the World Sportscar Championship, Trans-Am, Can-Am, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the International Motor Sports Association and the IndyCar Series. Public roads in the village were used for the race course. In 1956 a permanent circuit for the race was built. In 1968 the race was extended to six hours; the circuit's current layout has more or less been the same since 1971. A chicane was installed at the uphill Esses in 1975 to slow cars through these corners, where a driver died during practice at the 1973 United States Grand Prix, removed in 1985. Another chicane called the "Inner Loop" was installed in 1992 after a fatal accident during the previous year's NASCAR Winston Cup event.
The circuit is known as the Mecca of North American road racing and is a popular venue among fans and drivers. The facility is owned by International Speedway Corporation; the circuit has been the site of music concerts: the 1973 Summer Jam, featuring The Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and The Band and attended by 600,000 fans, two Phish festivals: Super Ball IX in 2011 and Magnaball in 2015. The Watkins Glen International race course has undergone several changes over the years, with five general layouts recognized over its history. Two distinct layouts are used—the "Boot" layout and the "NASCAR" layout; the first races in Watkins Glen were organized by Cameron Argetsinger, whose family had a summer home in the area. With local Chamber of Commerce approval and SCCA sanction, the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix took place in 1948 on a 6.6-mile course over local public roads. For the first few years, the races passed through the heart of the town with spectators lining the sidewalks, but after a car driven by Fred Wacker left the road in the 1952 race, killing seven-year-old Frank Fazzari and injuring several others, the race was moved to a new location on a wooded hilltop southwest of town.
The original 6.6-mile course is listed in the New York State register and National Register of Historic Places as the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Course, 1948-1952. The second layout 4.6-mile began use in 1953 and used existing roads. The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation was formed to manage spectators and concessions; this arrangement lasted three years. The first permanent course was constructed on 550 acres, overlapping part of the previous street course, it was designed by engineering professors from Cornell University. The layout measured 2.35-mile. This course was used from 1956–1970. In 1968 the race was extended to six hours; the circuit underwent a major overhaul for the 1971 season. The "Big Bend" and the turns leading up to it were eliminated, replaced with a new pit straight; the pits and start/finish line were moved to this new straightaway. "The 90" now became Turn 1 instead of Turn 8. When the 1971 Six Hours of Watkins Glen arrived in July 1971, the overall circuit renovations were still unfinished.
The short course had been finished, but the Boot segments were not complete, nor was the new pit area. The 1971 Six Hours race was run on the short course layout, that layout colloquially became known as the 1971 Six Hours Course. In addition, for 1971 only, the cars used the old pits; when NASCAR returned to the track in 1986, they chose to use the short course layout. IMSA used the "Boot", but that series began using the shorter 1971 layout; the short course was lengthened in 1992. The most significant change to the track, a new segment known as "The Boot", was finished in time for the Formula One race; the start-finish line was moved to the new pit straight as planned. At the end of the backstretch, after the Loop-Chute, cars swept left into a new four-turn complex that departed from the old layout, curling left-hand downhill through the woods; the track followed the edge of the hillside to two uphill right-hand turns, over an exciting blind crest into a right-hand turn, down and up into a left-hand turn rejoining the old track.
The new layout measured 3.377 miles. With its intrinsic link to the Formula One race, it became known colloquially as the Grand Prix Circuit. For 1972, the Six Hours sports car race began using the full "Boot" layout. By that time, nearly all facility improvements were completed, the pits and start/finish line were permanently moved to the new pit straight. In 1975, a fast right-left chicane was added in the turn 3-4 Esses section to slow speeds through the series of corners; this chicane was eliminated in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, the IMSA sports cars began bypassing the "Boot" in favor of the short course. To date, NASCAR events have never used the Boot layout; the "Long/Boot" course was lengthened in 1992. In the mid-2000s, the Boot segment, which had seen little use in many years, was repaved and upgraded; when the IndyCar Series returned to Watkins Glen starting in 2005, they elected to use the Boot segment. A full repaving of the course took place in 2015, in recent years, there has been a renewed interest and appreciation of the full Grand Prix Course layout.
Consideration had been made for NASCAR to start using the Boot. After a succession of serious crashes took place at the "Loop" at the end of the backs
Summit Point Motorsports Park
Summit Point Motorsports Park is a road racing and driver training facility located in Jefferson County, West Virginia about two hours west of Washington, D. C. in the state's Eastern Panhandle. Owned and operated by Bill Scott Racing, Inc. Summit Point Motorsports Park features three road racing circuits that are used for amateur automobile and motorcycle racing, high-performance driver education and emergency training for local and federal law enforcement, as well as foreign service officers who may be posted to dangerous locales. Built in 1969–1970, Summit Point Motorsports Park, opened in 1969; the first races held there were SCCA regional races in the fall of 1969 with IMSA International Sedans being the first professional event to become The Radial Tire Series, IMSA Pro Formula Ford. The event was held on Memorial Day, May 30, 1970. Rasey Feezell won in an Alfa Romeo 4-door sedan, whose modifications were questionable, taking home the grand sum of $200 prize money. Five of the eleven entrants were from North Carolina.
During its early years and since SCCA held numerous events at the track. Several Regional and National races were run each year. Many racers got their start in the popular SCCA Driver's Schools held there by the Washington DC Region. Paul Newman ran several of his early races there in a Bob Sharp-prepared Datsun 510 sedan, he wished to be just another "racer" and did not want to be recognized at racing events as a "superstar", so he and wife Joanne Woodward kept to themselves and eschewed signing autographs. Few realized; the only outward clue was the plate on his 510's front bumper... "PLN" Over time the track was host to a number of professional races sanctioned by IMSA and the SCCA Trans-Am Series through the late 1980s. Due to financial problems, the track was closed for a year in the early 1970s, it was subsequently purchased by the Delashmet brothers, who owned a local contracting business, managed by Pat Goodman, one of the original partners in the track. The track was sold to his partner Tom Milner in the early 1980s.
Bill was 1970 Formula Vee World Champion Bill Scott. In addition to races, the track and its environs became a training ground for various federal agencies and other security organizations; this accounted for the track's success as it provided an income stream in addition to weekend track rental. Two additional road courses, "Jefferson" and "Shenandoah", were constructed on the property in 1996 and 2004, respectively. Jefferson is used for training purposes, Friday-At-The-Track events, various drifting and driving events. Shenandoah is used for similar reasons. To date, the only actual "series" to use the Shenandoah circuit include the Bill Scott Formula Series and the Woodbridge Kart Club, which are run simultaneously. An additional course, the Washington Circuit, opened in Spring 2009, it is a "triple skid pad" focused on autocross and driver training. Since its inception, it has been fitted as a sprint kart track, hosting events by Summit Point Kart and by the Maryland Sprint Divisional Series.
SPK runs its own leagues for both adults. It is popular for autocross as mentioned, clubs such as the local BMW club have run their events there. Summit Point Main is a 2.0-mile road course that features a 2,900-foot main straight. This original circuit opened in 1970; the original layout did not include the "Carousel", presently denoted Turns 6 and 7. In the original layout, Turn 5 was a ~90 deg. left-hander leading to a 90 deg. right-hander at the entry to what is now denoted Turn 8. Therefore, the original layout had 8 turns; the "Carousel" wasn't added until sometime after mid-1973. No longer used for professional auto races, it hosts many WKC, WKA, SCCA, Mazda Drivers, BMWCCA, NESBA, NASA club races, track days, schools. In addition, motorcycle races are run by CCS and WERA, which holds national-level 6-hour endurance race; the Main Circuit is the annual home of the Jefferson 500 vintage race and The 12 Hours at the Point endurance race. The Main Circuit was repaved in the Fall of 2007; the Jefferson Circuit is a seven-turn, 1.12-mile road course, designed and built by Bill Scott as a dedicated course for high-performance, accident avoidance and emergency operation driver training.
Opened in 1996 or 1997, the Jefferson is a course that demands constant attentiveness and smooth inputs from drivers. The circuit hosts a number of driver training schools, as well as a handful of motorcycle trackdays each year; the Jefferson Circuit is under construction with extensive upgrades, according to the track's website. The Shenandoah Circuit is a 22-turn, 2.2-mile road course that first opened in 2004. Considered one of the most technical circuits of the recent crop of race courses, the Shenandoah boasts a smaller scale replica of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife's famous banked Karussell turn. It's known as the concrete jungle. Since opening in late 2004, the Shenandoah has played host to a number of high-performance driver education clinics, a handful of road races and a number of motorcycle races. After a number of races and schools, minor changes were made to the track layout in late 2004 and early 2005, including the addition of a straight between turns 5 and 7; the Washington Circuit is Summit Point's newest addition and is home to Summit Point Kart and opened in 2009.
Although used by Summit Point Kart, it is capable of being configured for many uses. Several layouts are used depending on the types of events occurring and
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile road course located just north of Braselton, United States. The facility is utilized for a wide variety of events, including professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle races and driving schools, corporate programs and testing for motorsports teams; the track has 12 turns, including the famous "esses" between turns five. The track is owned by IMSA Holdings, LLC through its subsidiary Road Atlanta, LLC, is the home to the Petit Le Mans, as well as AMA motorcycle racing, smaller events throughout the year. Michelin acquired naming rights to the facility in 2018. In 1969, David Sloyer, Earl Walker, Arthur Montgomery purchased a 750 acres plot of farmland in Braselton, with the intent to build a world-class road racing facility; when a Can-Am race had to be canceled due to flood damage, the series organizers chose Road Atlanta to replace it. The track began to take form taking only six months to excavate and pave the road course; the first race was held on September 13, 1970.
Vic Elford, in a Chaparral 2J, won pole and Tony Dean, in a Porsche 908/02, won the 300 km Can-Am event, with Stirling Moss as the Grand Marshal. Throughout the 1970s, more top-level series came to Road Atlanta, including Can-Am, Formula 5000, IMSA Camel GT, Trans-Am; the Sports Car Club of America held their annual national championship, the SCCA Runoffs, at Road Atlanta from 1970 to 1993. The first road race in NASCAR Busch Grand National Series history took place at Road Atlanta in 1986; the track was sold in 1978, was passed from one owner to the next—culminating in bankruptcy in 1993 under the Whittington Brothers. A partnership between business executives Frank Drendel, Jim Kanely, Eddie Edwards, George Nuse, Bill Waddell was formed to purchase the track; the next three years were spent making gradual improvements to the facility. New buildings were constructed, others were renovated, the track was widened and resurfaced and the grounds were landscaped. In November 1996, the track was purchased by Don Panoz, who would make Braselton the base of operations for his motorsports-related ventures.
Panoz introduced the first major changes to the track, removing the Dip and creating a chicane at the end of the long back straight. These changes brought the track up to FIA standards. A new pit and paddock area was constructed on the infield side of the track, allowing for larger events, a 10,000-seat terrace area was constructed around the new Turn 10 complex. In 1998, major racing resumed at Road Atlanta with the first edition of the Petit Le Mans endurance race; the race attracted worldwide attention, included entries from the Le Mans-winning Porsche factory team. The race would be the first race of the American Le Mans Series and included a spectacular accident where a Porsche 911 GT1 backflipped and flew into the side barriers. Petit has continued to be an annual event at Road Atlanta, a marquee event in the ALMS. Prior to the 2007 Petit Le Mans, the entire track surface was repaved; the works included moving the walls in the esses away from the track, with the intention of improved driver safety and better sight lines for spectators.
In the late winter of 2007/2008, the circuit was again modified with the reconfiguration of turns 4 and 12, for the ostensible safety benefit of motorcycle racers. In April 2008, Road Atlanta hosted the 4th stage of the Tour de Georgia, one of the largest cycling stage races in the United States; the stage was run using standard racing bikes instead of the more aerodynamic time trial bikes. Slipstream Chipotle won the stage with a time of 19:38.86, while Astana and Team High Road finished second and third respectively. Used in local cycling events, the circuit is run counterclockwise, owing to safety issues from the downhill Turn 11 to Turn 12, creating a steep climb from Turn 12 to Turn 11, a much safer route for cycling; the October 2008 Petit Le Mans had a four-day crowd of 113,000 people with an average weekend crowd of nearly 80,000 fans. The race entry list includes a number of returning cars. In September 2012, the track was purchased by IMSA Holdings as part of its acquisition of Panoz Motor Sports Group.
The intention was to combine American Le Mans Series. NASCAR K&N series has announced a return to the track in October 2013 as part of the K&N East series. In December 2017, the track hosted its first 24 Hours of LeMons event, the Kim Harmon Scrotium 500; the series is scheduled to return in 2018. Starting in 2019, the track will become Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta after Michelin and IMSA Holdings announced the naming rights agreement. Road Atlanta has been featured as one of the main drivable courses in the Xbox video game Forza Motorsport and its sequels, in the 1999 PC racing simulator Sports Car GT; the track was digitally created for Electronic Arts' F1 series "modded" to be compatible with multiple PC games. Scratch-made versions of the track have been created for rFactor and Papyrus' NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, it appears in the PlayStation 2 game Le Mans 24 Hours and on iRacing.com. AMA/FIM-MotoAmerica Suzuki Superbike Series WWW. Motoamerica.com IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar ChampionshipPetit Le MansIMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype Lites IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Yokohama Formula DDrift AtlantaTrans-Am Series Historic Sportscar RacingThe MittyLamborghini Super Trofeo North America American Endurance Racing 24 Hours of LeMons presented by Yokohama TireRack.com ChampCar Endurance Series Nati